Winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, author Greg Bear is about to come face to face with his greatest challenge yet: writing a Halo trilogy about the Forerunners, largely to an audience who may not know him enough to respect his previous work. Bear is the prolific science-fiction author of the Eon and Darwin's Radio series, but his "hard science fiction" style will likely receive a workout under the cruel magnifying glass of the Halo fanboys -- those who aren't too busy fragging each other online, anyway.

The first novel is scheduled for early 2010, with an unabridged audio book to release simultaneously. Bear seems like a classy choice for the author in charge of making up and filling in the mythos of the Forerunners.

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